Ravi Shastri has been appointed coach of the India cricket team, with Zaheer Khan chosen as the bowling coach and Rahul Dravid was selected as a batting consultant for all overseas tours.
Shastri, who is a former India allrounder who had played in 80 Tests, takes over from Anil Kumble who resigned last month after the Champions Trophy saying that his relationship with captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable”.
The now 55-year-old Shastri beat out four other candidates, including Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput, for the post.
The 38-year-old Zaheer, who played his final Test in 2014, is a left-arm seamer who captured 311 wickets in 92 games in the longest format while he also captained the Delhi Daredevils in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Shastri along with Zaheer have signed contracts that will take them up until the 2019 World Cup.
Dravid is a legend in Indian cricket having scored more than 10 000 runs in the Test and ODI formats and is already the coach of the India A and India under-19 sides.
The first task for the new management wil be a tour to Sri Lanka later this month for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I.
The first Test is scheduled to start in Galle on 26 July.
Pope is nine runs away from a century after pairing up with Jos Buttler to put England in control.
Banton burst on to the scene for Somerset last year and was fast-tracked into England’s limited-overs teams over the winter.
Pope ended the first day of the series decider at Emirates Old Trafford against the West Indies with 91 not out.
Pope’s partnership with Jos Buttler helped England reach 258 for four by the close.
Rory Burns steadied the ship with 57 before the evening session saw Pope reel off a wonderful 91 not out to lead England to 258 for four.
A brilliant one-handed catch by Rahkeem Cornwall, left the hosts in need of a major score from Ollie Pope or Jos Buttler.
Jofra Archer returned after missing the second Test for breaching the team’s bio-security protocols.
He missed the second Test after breaching the team’s bio-security protocols
The competition could take place later on in the year following the postponement of the T20 World Cup